DOD SBIR/STTR Training & Advocacy

Knowingly and willfully making any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or representations may be a felony under the Federal Criminal False Statement Act (18 U.S.C. Sec 1001), punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, up to five years in prison, or both.

The Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General Hotline ("Defense Hotline") is an important avenue for reporting fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement within the Department of Defense. The Office of Inspector General operates this hotline to receive and investigate complaints or information from contractor employees, DoD civilians, military service members and public citizens. Individuals who wish to report fraud, waste or abuse may contact the Defense Hotline at (800) 424-9098 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time or visit to submit a complaint. Mailed correspondence should be addressed to the Defense Hotline, The Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1900, or e-mail addressed to



FWA Online Tutorials


This training highlight examples of fraud, waste, and abuse that can occur in the SBIR/STTR Program to help prevent the future loss of research dollars.


This course provides detailed information on what represents fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA) under government programs and funding agreements. The most common mistakes that lead to FWA problems are discussed, as well as the penalties and ways to prevent FWA in your firm. To access, click HERE - clicking this link will redirect you to reference material provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SBIR/STTR FWA Convictions

Masstech, Richard Lee, And Arnold Lee To Pay U.S. $1.9 Million To Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating To Small Business Innovation Research Awards (May 3, 2018) is external)

Lehigh County Couple Sentenced For Scheme To Defraud NASA (September 28, 2016) is external)

Woburn Company and President Agree to Pay $2.25 Million to Resolve Allegations of Grant Fraud (August 12, 2016) is external)

Alpharetta Business Owner Convicted of Defrauding NASA and National Science Foundation of Almost $800,000 (June 23, 2015) is external)

Morgan State University Professor Convicted In Scheme To Defraud The National Science Foundation And For Obtaining Kickbacks From Students’ Stipends (April 1, 2014)